Dear Jack,

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Dear Jack,

I know I say it every month, but time is going by so fast. You are three months old; no longer really considered a newborn, but a baby. You have this larger than life personality with very definite likes and dislikes, a smile that lights up your whole face, you are so stinkin’ awesome. Daddy, Will, and I are all pretty smitten with you. We all fight over your attention and you delight in being in the spotlight!

You’re now weighing in at 13 pounds, 1 ounce and are still mostly wearing 0-3 month clothes, though a few of the smaller 3-6 month pieces are starting to fit. We switched to cloth diapers this month, but before we did, you were still wearing size 1 diapers. In cloth, you’re on the smallest “small” setting of the Charlie Banana diapers. You’ve filled out so much since last month – I can hardly believe it! You’re getting chubby cheeks (“chuffy” as your brother calls it), your thighs have little rolls, and your belly is round and absolutely kissable. Looking back at baby pictures, you and Will look so much alike. It’s kind of crazy, actually!

You are the best sleeper. I’m kind of scared to say that aloud (well, type it rather) for fear of jinxing it…but God certainly blessed us with your wonderful sleepiness. You take one long morning nap (in the swing usually) and one long afternoon nap (in the swing or next to mommy in bed) and then a few little naps scattered throughout the day. At night, you are still sleeping in the Woombie and the Rock ‘n Play and you sleep from about 9:30 – 6:30 every night. It is absolutely amazing to be getting that much sleep, so thank you sweet little boy!

You’ve really started rolling from belly to back this month. You’d done it a couple of times before, but are now doing it almost every time I put you down for tummy time (which you H.A.T.E.). You’ve really started reaching out and grabbing for things, so playtime on the mat is super fun! This has also made car rides so much more peaceful since you can be distracted by a toy for 10 minutes before the fussing begins…as a result, we try to stick to traveling no more than 15 minutes from home! You love to sit up and stand up, with help, of course. You absolutely hate having to lay down for more than a few minutes at a time.

You are so vocal. You absolutely love to talk, to squeal, to laugh, to giggle, and to have conversations with us all. If we talk “your language,” you’ll go back and forth “agoo-ing” and “whooo-ing” with us all night. It’s so dang cute! You are incredibly ticklish, which was really surprising to me. Will didn’t really develop that until he was older and knew we were trying to tickle him, but you squirm and giggle when we tickle you now…I’m not quite sure you love being tickled, but it does elicit a few giggles out of you and sometimes a squeal or two! Along with your vocalness, you’re also a spitter! You blow raspberries constantly and I have a new appreciation for the term “spitting mad.”

Things just keep getting better with you, sweet boy. I love this stage you’re at and I know I’ll love you even more next month, though it hardly seems possible. I wish I could bottle up all the sweetness of you to open up when you’re grown and big and I’m wrinkled and gray. But these words about your sweet baby-self will have to do. I love you more than I thought was possible, Jackson.

Love,
Mommy

baby boy in Austin, Texas

Austin Newborn Photographer | Austin’s Best Infant Photographer 2013

Libby Ann Photography awarded the best Infant Photographer in Austin, Texas

Thank you to all my clients, fans, friends, and family who voted for me as the Best Infant Photographer in Austin for the Austin Birth Awards this year. I won again!! I am so blessed to get to work with all of my clients each day, especially the ones that trust me with their precious little blessings. I can’t wait to make another year’s worth of memories with you all photographing some of the cutest babies in Austin! Below are some of my favorite newborn photography images from the past year, including a few of my favorite newborn subject, Jack <3  Thank you again!!

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

newborn baby in Austin, Texas by Libby Ann Photography

Austin Family Photographer | P is one!

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I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow, the summer disappeared in the blink of an eye and it’s now not only October, but late October. My goodness! But being October and all, I’m officially off of maternity leave and back to taking pictures of some adorable, fun families throughout Austin! I’ve been working with this family since little Miss P was born and I was thrilled to come back and see their smiling faces through my camera a few weeks ago! P is now ONE and standing and cruising and full of cuteness. Big Brother A was so silly and adorable and absolutely the sweetest to his little sister. It made me smile! Thank you guys so much for letting me photograph you again this year…it was so much fun!

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baby girl in Austin, Texas

little boy in Austin, Texas

baby girl in Austin, Texas

Dear Jack,

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Dear Jack,

You are two months old, little man! I told your Daddy yesterday that you’re all of a sudden seeming like a real, live baby and not so much like a newborn anymore…he rolled his eyes since you’ve always been a real, live baby, but my point is, you’re changing so much and it’s so fun to watch. You are giving full on grins now, starting to giggle and talk and are really starting to show off your personality. I’m quite convinced I love you as much as is humanly possible, but each day that passes brings more and more love. I’m not sure my heart can hold much more love for you and your brother without bursting!

At two months you weigh in at 10 pounds 8 ounces, 23 inches long, and your head is 39cm…that’s 25th percentile, 50th percentile, and 10th percentile. Still rocking those lower percentages and I’m not complaining…I love you being teeny and I’m glad this whole growing up thing isn’t going *too* quickly!   🙂    You’re pretty solidly in 0-3 month clothes, though there are a few newborn pieces I can still squeeze you into. You moved into size 1 diapers as well. At night, you’re sleeping at least 6 hours, though you usually go closer to 8 hours…and oh my gosh, I love you SO much for that!! We’ve gotten into a good evening routine; around 8pm, I get you in your jammies and nurse you. At 9, you get a bottle of breastmilk (you drink about 3 ounces usually) and then get zipped up in your Woombie. You nurse again after that and fall asleep between 9:30 and 10:00.  You’re still sleeping in the Rock ‘n Play right beside my side of the bed and you typically will sleep until somewhere between 4:30 to 5:30am. After nursing again then, you’ll go back to sleep for another 3-4 hours.

You have definitely found your voice and have different cries for different needs and wants. Your “I’m hungry!!” cry comes with a little cough of disgust if Mommy isn’t moving fast enough for you. Your angry cry is LOUD and you show this off pretty much every time you get into the car! You’re so expressive with your big gummy grins and you’re generally a really happy and smiley baby. You’re especially smiley in the morning when you wake up and right after eating. You love your tongue and move it all around your mouth, stick it out, and lick things (like the paci, my skin if you’re in a wrap, the burp cloth, etc). You’ve started to blow a lot of bubbles and those come with a little bit of drool too! You love getting kisses on the cheeks and give the hugest grins every time you get them…which is all the time with three of us loving on you! You love for me to dab your mouth with the burp cloth – that usually elicits a few more big grins and smiles. You are a very active baby – you kick your legs constantly when we lay you down and can give yourself quite a workout kicking your legs and wiggling your arms. You also love to stand up. You grunt and talk while you’re doing it – you’re working hard at building up those leg muscles!

You seem to love loud constant noises – the music at church lulls,  the hairdryer, the white noise app on our phones (turned up as loud as it will go), the kitchen faucet running…all of these lull you into a deep slumber and I am always astounded that you’re able to fall asleep like that! You still adore being worn and we spend a good chunk of our day with you snuggled up on my chest in the Ergo, the ring sling, or the Kokadi wrap. I start back up to work this coming weekend and while I love what I do, it’s going to be incredibly hard to leave you each weekend. I’m so thankful to have the flexibility to stay home with you during the day, though, and I know you are going to come to love your time with Daddy and Will…three of the coolest guys I know getting some quality time together  🙂

I am so thankful for the past two months. I had no idea how fast and how hard I was going to fall in love with you. The love for you was instant, but it’s grown so much deeper over the past two months as we’ve gotten to know each other. I cherish each day that I get to be your Mommy and I am so thankful God picked you to be our son. I love you so much, Jackson!!

Love,
Mommy

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Austin Newborn Photographer | Dreamy

newborn baby boy in Austin, Texas

Photographing your own newborn is hard work! Much harder than photographing client’s newborns. Coupled with the exhaustion that comes along with having a newborn and recovery from major surgery, I didn’t do nearly as much as I had planned with Jackson. But the photos I did take? I absolutely, completely adore them. My husband helped me with this series and they’re some of my favorites ever. The bright white of the background and the softness of his baby skin make these feel so dreamy and perfect. I kind of want to wallpaper my house with them!

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Sabrina - Love love love! SO. CUTE.

Sissy - What is it about little feet? They make me all gooshy every time!

Dear Jack,

baby boy in Austin, Texas

Dear Jack,

You are one month old, sweet baby boy! I cannot believe it’s been an entire month since you were born. It’s really hard to remember what life was like before you. It was full of easy outings and full of more sleep, but less smiles, less snuggles, less big brother kisses, less love. All three of us are completely and absolutely in love with you. It’s amazing how much room one’s heart has to grow! You’re doing some pretty awesome things at one month; smiling real smiles, growing up way too fast and changing so quickly! At one month you:

– Absolutely adore your big brother. If he’s talking (which is pretty much all.the.time), you’re looking around trying to figure out where he is. You stare at him intently and just yesterday gave him the first big grin. Mommy was only slightly jealous that Will got your first smile   🙂    I love that you two are forming your own bond already and I know that this first smile is the first of many things that Mommy will be left out on…and that’s perfectly okay with me. Just remind me in 12 years when Will drives off with you in his car for the first time to go on your own little adventure that I said that once upon a time.- You hold your head up on your own so well. You’ve been doing this pretty much since birth and are very strong and very determined to look all around. You love to sit up (with help) and take everything in.
– You love being outside. It calms you instantly, even when you’re having an especially fussy night. I wrap you up on my chest and walk you up and down our street most evenings; you love to feel the wind on your face and stare up at the trees and their rustling leaves.
– You are wearing newborn diapers and newborn clothing. You’re starting to fit into a few 0-3 month pieces, but most are still pretty big on you. We weighed you on our home scale and you weighed in at a very big 8 pounds 8 ounces…you’re growing! I think we’ll only get another week or two of you in newborn diapers because they’re starting to get a little snug.
– You aren’t the greatest sleeper in the world…following in Will’s footsteps! You go about 2 hours between feedings around the clock except for one 3-4 hour stretch. Mommy & Daddy adore that 3-4 hour stretch  😉
– You love (love love) to nurse. You would nurse all day and all night if I let you. When Mommy’s not moving fast enough for you, you cry and cough. Together. Usually coughing multiple times before I actually get you latched on. I think it’s all just to show me how slow I am and how impatient you are for some cuddles and food!
– You love to stretch when you’re on the changing table and you especially love to stretch when we rub your thighs.
– You LOVE the water. Your love of water is greater more than your love of the outdoors. You’ve come close to falling asleep in the bathtub a few times and quite enjoy tasting the water as it runs down your face and licking your hands. You absolutely HATE getting lotion put on afterwards. Oh my goodness, baby boy, you can scream! But cuddles and milk fix most of your problems right now and I enjoy smelling your clean new-baby smell while you nurse after bathtime.
– You love being wrapped up snuggled on Mommy’s chest. Daddy gives me a really hard time about how many baby carriers I own (there are 6 of them and they’re all very useful!), but they’re absolutely necessary to get you to nap without nursing. It takes approximately 1 minute for your to pass out, mouth wide open, once you’re all wrapped up and snuggly.

This has been one of the best months of my life and the days with you just keep getting better. Once you were born, a friend told me that you were my rainbow baby…that beautiful rainbows come after the storm. And that is certainly true. You are our beautiful miracle and we couldn’t be more blessed to have you in our lives.

I love you so much, Jackson.

Love,
Mommy

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Sorry it has been so quiet on the blog lately! Having a newborn and a 4 year old kind of takes up a lot of your time  🙂  When Will was born, I wrote him letters every month for his first year (and still do occasionally, though I usually don’t publish them), so I figured I needed to make sure I did the same thing for Jackson and any future children we have. Will’s letters can be found here in case you want to read them.

Aunt Penny - I love you all… so very VERY much!

Austin Children’s Photographer | Painting with Light

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We had an awesome Fourth of July and celebrated my first official week of maternity leave (even though I still had two sessions left to shoot at the time!). We went to a friend’s house that evening to watch the fireworks and let all our kiddos play with sparklers. It was Will’s first time to really get to do this and he had an absolute blast! Loved every single second of it and has asked several times since then to play with sparklers ! I took a bunch of pictures and I had a great time playing with the light from the sparklers…it was a challenge and something I actually really enjoyed doing!
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